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Russia still using Twitter to divide AmericaTwitter executives testified before US lawmakers looking into how Russian internet trolls use social media to influence the last election and current events.
Executives from Twitter met behind closed doors Thursday, with members of the House and Senate. Intelligence committees looking into Russian meddling on social media. It would be useful to understand what these social medias outlets are doing to protect the public. Congressional investigators say Russian Internet trolls were able to purchase Facebook ads with the goal of diving Americans. Using pictures and incendiary language. CBS News confirmed at least one of the 3000 ads specifically targeted Baltimore, Ferguson, and the Black Lives Matter movement. We hope to learn facts of what has been done, what has been published, who is doing what in this. Lawmakers say the trolls are still at it. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford said, while NFL players protested during the National Anthem this weekend before the games, Russians were flooding social media with #boycotttheNFL, and # Take a knee. They were taking both sides of the argument this past weekend and pushing them out from their troll farms as much as they could to try to just raise the noise level in America. Facebook, Twitter, and Google have all been invited to testify about Russian influence on social media at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on November first. In a Facebook post Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg wrote the company will do its part to defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation and subvert elections. Weijia Jiang, CBS News, the White House.